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NJDA and veg growers association to showcase Garden State agriculture

TRENTON, NJ — The second annual New Jersey Agricultural Convention & Trade Show is scheduled to take place Feb. 5-7 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.

The two groups — the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey — held their annual gatherings concurrently for the first time in 2012, garnering a strong response.

The 2013 event is expected to be bigger and better, with many educational and informational opportunities, as well as an impressive trade show, appealing to New Jersey’s diverse agricultural industry by promoting greater participation and interaction among a wider cross-section of industry members from all sectors.

“We have created an expanded forum for New Jersey’s agricultural community to learn about the issues facing the industry so the Department of Agriculture can better serve these constituents,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said in a Jan. 2 statement. “We look forward to growing the convention each year and welcome and encourage other organizations to join us.”

Held since 1914, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture conducts a legally mandated annual convention of the state’s entire agricultural industry. As specified under New Jersey statutes, each year delegates representing all sectors of the industry must gather to elect two members to New Jersey’s State Board of Agriculture, elect farmer-members to the Fish & Game Council, and set agricultural policy for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture through a series of formal resolutions voted on by the delegates.

“I am excited to enter our second year of a combined convention with the Department of Agriculture,” Joseph Marino, president of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey, said in the statement.